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WNBA announces virtual 2020 draft

The WNBA becomes first major league to switch to virtual draft process due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 1:36 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 3:33 PM

The WNBA announced on Thursday that the 2020 Draft will be held virtually in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The draft will be held on April 17 as scheduled but without players, media or guests in attendance. 

The WNBA becomes the first major league to make changes to its draft orchestration since the rise of the pandemic. The NFL stated that public events surrounding their 2020 draft April 23-25 are canceled and fans wil not be in attendance for the ceremony, but has yet to announce changes to how the draft will be conducted. 

WNBA Draft coverage will begin at 8 p.m. live on ESPN2 and the ESPN app. League Commissioner Cathy Engelbert will announce the draft picks with reactions from top-draft picks shown remotely.

The league will honor Alyssa Altobelli, Gianna Bryant and Payton Chester all avid WNBA fans who lost their lives in a tragic helicopter accident on January 26. It will also honor the late Kobe Bryant during the draft who was a big advocate for girls and women's basketball and the WNBA. 

WNBA training camp is presently scheduled to begin on April 26 with the regular season set to start on May 15. 

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